K III-class submarine

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Hr. Ms. K III (4-sep-1920).jpg
K III
Class overview
Name: K III
Builders: Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde, Vlissingen
Operators:  Royal Netherlands Navy
Preceded by: HNLMS K II
Succeeded by: K V class
Built: 1915-1921
Completed: 2
General characteristics
Type: Submarine
Displacement: 583 tons surfaced (K III)
579 tons surfaced (K IV)
721 tons submerged
Length: 64.41 m (211 ft 4 in)
Beam: 5.6 m (18 ft 4 in)
Draught: 3.56 m (11 ft 8 in)
Propulsion: 2 × 900 bhp (671 kW) diesel engines (K III)
2 × 600 bhp (447 kW) diesel engines (K IV)
2 × 210 hp (157 kW) electric motors
Speed: 16.5 kn (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph) surfaced (K III)
15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph) surfaced (K IV)
8.5 kn (15.7 km/h; 9.8 mph) submerged
Range: 3,500 nmi (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) at 11 kn (20 km/h; 13 mph) on the surface
25 nmi (46 km; 29 mi) at 8.5 kn (15.7 km/h; 9.8 mph) submerged
Complement: 29
Armament: 2 × 18 inch bow torpedo tubes
2 × 18 inch external-traversing forward of the bridge

The K III class was a class of two patrol submarines, built by Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde in Vlissingen for the Royal Netherlands Navy. Used for patrols in the Dutch colonial waters. The class comprised K III and K IV. The submarines diving depth was 40 meters. The design for the double hulled boats came from the American Electric Boat Company.

Construction[edit]

Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned
K III 15 July 1915 12 August 1919 9 July 1920 1934
K IV 30 December 1915 2 July 1920 27 April 1921 1936

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